Balancing the Hands - Swing

Balancing the Hands - Swing

This is an exercise designed to balance your hands through playing the jazz swing rhythm with either hand. In the first bar, the right hand leads, playing the rhythm on the floor tom. In the second bar, the left hand leads, playing the high tom. The spaces are filled with ghosted snare drum notes. These ghost strokes help you to hear and feel the underlying triplets in the swing feel.
Bag o' Short Fills

Bag o' Short Fills

This lesson focuses on a few short fill ideas. Short fills generally take up a half measure or less, hence the name.
Short Triplet Fills You Can Play Today!

Short Triplet Fills You Can Play Today!

Learn a handful of easy-to-grasp triplet fills that sound great. In this lesson, we explore re-orchestrating these patterns around the kit.
Triplet Short Fills

Triplet Short Fills

Because triplets are phrased in threes (as the name "triplet" implies), playing them in groups of two creates a syncopated feel. In the examples below, the toms change every two strokes (i.e. groups of two) within the triplets.
Sixteenth-Note Triplet Fills and Exercises

Sixteenth-Note Triplet Fills and Exercises

These exercises serve as a great workout for improving coordination, dexterity, and timing around the kit. They also make unique-sounding, punchy drum fills to use within your own playing.
Triplet It and Give It a Kick

Triplet It and Give It a Kick

In this lesson, Nate Brown explores a triplet groove pattern with a bass drum diddle. Move it around the kit to create a handful of great grooves. Check Out Nate's Book
R U Mine Grooves - Arctic Monkeys

R U Mine Grooves - Arctic Monkeys

In this week's Monday lesson, Nate Brown teaches the main groove and a fill from R U Mine by Arctic Monkeys.
Sixteenth-Note Triplet Drum Fill Phrased In Two

Sixteenth-Note Triplet Drum Fill Phrased In Two

This week's lesson examines the technique of phrasing sixteenth-note triplets in groups of two around the toms to create explosive fills.
How To Play Best of You - Foo Fighters - Outro

How To Play Best of You - Foo Fighters - Outro

This is a high-energy song, as many Foo Fighter's songs are. The outro repeats a refrain on beats 1 and 2 throughout the entire outro and throws quick, syncopated fills on beats 3 and 4.
Green Day's Rock Shuffle from Holiday

Green Day's Rock Shuffle from Holiday

This week, we take a look at Tré Cool's rock shuffle from Holiday. The groove rides the low tom lead into the final chorus, while the shuffle in the chorus is completed with the bass drum and snare. Learning this piece is a great start to ramping up your rock shuffle skills.
The Pad - Exercise 3

The Pad - Exercise 3

Being the third edition of our The Pad exercises, I see it only fitting to focus on the threes this week — Triplets!

Simple Triplet Embellishments

Simple Triplet Embellishments

This lesson introduces a simple way to embellish your hi-hat today. The technique doesn't dramatically change the feel of the groove, which is good. It adds interest to the groove without changing it too much. 

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